Management

Cold advisory tool for newborn livestock

02/28/2012 4:16:26 PM
In most normal years, producers who are calving would be racing against time to pull calves out of snowbanks and save precious ears before frostbite sets in. ... Full story.

Foster calves in the beef herd

02/27/2012 2:50:00 PM
Cow-calf producers are well aware that no two calving seasons are the same. In some years, the percentage of cows delivering viable calves is quite high. ... Full story.

Expert: Texas cattlemen should remain de-stocked despite rainfall

02/27/2012 12:36:28 PM
Beef producers shouldn’t get too caught up in adding cattle to herds despite recent rainfall, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist. ... Full story.

All you want to know about estrus sync and AI

02/24/2012 6:00:00 AM
Artificial insemination in beef herds offers the potential for rapid genetic improvement while providing additional benefits such as a tighter, earlier calving season. And the emergence of effective, simplified methods for synchronizing estrus make AI more accessible and cost-effective for commercial cow-calf producers. The protocols can be intimidating though, so animal scientists from the University of Missouri and South Dakota State University have written a summary that answers just about any question one might have about getting started with AI. ... Full story.

How does calving difficulty affect reproduction for next year?

02/22/2012 9:59:17 AM
The first calf heifer represents one of the most challenging animals in our cowherd. ... Full story.

Online weather resources

02/22/2012 6:00:00 AM
The unusual weather across the United States this year has brought some drought relief to the Southern Plains while raising concerns over lack of moisture in parts of the Northern Corn Belt. But whether you are enduring a drought, optimistically emerging from a drought or suspecting you might be entering a drought, some user-friendly online resources can help you respond appropriately. ... Full story.

Popular heifer-development series adds southwest Iowa location

02/21/2012 2:24:14 PM
Providers of a popular series of workshops on assisting cattle producers with heifer development have added a southwest Iowa location. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach beef program specialist Clint McDonald said producers and private business representatives recognize the need for the type of information presented in these workshops and worked to arrange a location near Lenox in early March. ... Full story.

Management tips for good herd health

02/21/2012 12:23:09 PM
Most beef cattle producers understand the importance of keeping cattle healthy. A good herd health program is an essential part of any farm or ranch management program. ... Full story.

Assisting difficult calvings

02/21/2012 10:17:22 AM
Realizing that a difficult calving is in progress is a critical, but only an initial, step in assuring that everything possible is being done to ensure as good an outcome as possible. ... Full story.

Local cattle industry influenced by events a world away

02/20/2012 10:05:57 AM
Threats to oil in the Persian Gulf and water temperatures in the Pacific seem far away, but those are among the conditions that affect the cattle industry in Arkansas. ... Full story.

Primed for success

02/21/2012 9:55:00 AM
One of the best ways to reduce per-cow production costs is improve reproduction efficiency and stayability in the cow herd. Achieving that goal depends, in part, on early management of heifers and young cows that sets them up for long-term productivity, says South Dakota State University beef reproduction specialist George Perry, PhD. ... Full story.

Spring 2012 cattle price outlook

02/16/2012 3:15:00 PM
Fed cattle prices tend to have a seasonal price trend and the spring is one of the bright spots to sell finished cattle as packers and retailer start to secure a supply of cattle and beef for the pending start of grilling season. ... Full story.
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Ask the expert: Mixing cows from drought-stricken ranches

10/19/2012
We’re buying young cow from drought stricken ranches and moving them to ours. Do we co-mingle or segregate for how long? Full story.

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